28 November 2014

Friday's Literary Feast

Quotes from The Virago Book of Food:  The Joy of Eating

1804 -81

Mr Ingersoll and Wm. Winans dined with father and I, we had a Baltimore ham to relish turkey and pea nuts for dessert, but mince pies or plum pudding I have not ventured to propose since the Cholera season...

  I had about sixteen to make tea for...Cook had made some of her most transparent jelly in lieu of fruit which one does not offer in these Cholera times, & if English palates did not fancy Pea-nuts the American lads were not slow to help themselves, & Stuarts sugar plums & candy went around.

Whistler's Mother's Cook Book

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